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Making music? Count Durack State School in

STUDENTS from Durack State School have momentarily traded in their school books for song sheets in the name of improving music education.

Children and teachers from the school warmed up their vocal chords last week to take part in the Music Count Us In event.

The nationwide initiative saw more than 600,000 students from schools across the country rehearse and perform the same song on the same day at the same time.

Run by the Music Council of Australia, the event was designed to inspire more Australians and schools to make music.

This year's song, titled Different People (Stand Together) was penned by ARIA-award winning musician Josh Pyke and three high school students.

Representing the diverse cultures within the school, Durack students sang parts of the song in four different languages.

To support the event, Brisbane singer-songwriter and Australia's Got Talent finalist Mark Lowndes made an appearance to join the school in its performance.

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"It was an uplifting moment to have all the students from the school sing together at the top of their lungs," Lowndes said.

"It was quite moving -it made me wish the song could have lasted longer."

Among the students who joined Lowndes on stage to lead the school in musical piece was 12-year-old Brittany-Jay Robins who said she was a big advocate of music education.

The Year 7 student said she liked how music inspired creativity and said the opportunity to sing with Mark Lowndes was "awesome".

Music teacher Rose Salemanesa, who organised the school's event said it was great to see music celebrated in schools across the country.

Ms Salemanesa said she was thrilled by Durack SS's performance and looked forward to taking part in the event next year.

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